|The final report of the independent evaluation of the Queensland Government’s Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence (TAFV) Policy and the government’s interim response to its recommendations were tabled on 26 July.
The two-year evaluation reported promising reductions in some key measures of alcohol-related harm across Queensland and listed a series of recommendations.
Key recommendations which have been accepted in principle, subject to further consultation include:
Mandatory ID scanning
- Increasing the minimum duration of Queensland Police banning notices from 10 days to one month
- Limiting the amount of time venue-based bans remain on the system in an effort to minimise impact of vexatious and/or excessive bans
- Adding an offence to the Liquor Act 1992 to address vexatious licensee bans
- Retaining mandatory ID scanners
- Enabling banning lists to be shared with venues that are not on the ID scanner network
- Exploring options for a stamp-in process where IDs have already been scanned, to avoid double scanning
- Removing the requirement to scan IDs from Monday to Thursday for venues that close by 1am
- Exempting community clubs from mandatory networked scanning, while remaining subject to other restrictions.
- Extending the CCTV operation requirement for venues in the Brisbane City Council area to a statewide requirement for venues trading after midnight.
Safe Night Precincts (SNPs)
- Continuing to support SNP board administration
- Removing Inner Brisbane (Caxton Street) and Ipswich as part of a review of SNPs
- Conducting regular reviews of SNP boundaries
- Maintaining support services for SNPs.
Responsible Service of Alcohol
- Introducing a penalty for not complying with Risk Assessed Management Plans.
- Publishing reasons and documents for licensing decisions (subject to privacy and resourcing).
You can read the report and the government’s interim response in full at the Queensland Government Publications page.